Wisconsin Weather Update for March 30, 2012.

By: HaleStorm , 12:40 PM GMT on March 30, 2012

Rain and cold this morning. Warmer this weekend.

An area of low pressure is moving across Illinois this morning, and has been spreading its precipitation across Wisconsin over the last few hours. This rain will continue through this morning, but should start diminishing by around lunchtime or this afternoon. Temperatures aren’t too far away from the freezing level, so I wouldn’t be shocked if we saw a few snowflakes mix in with the rain, but it won’t add up to anything.

Did you know that yesterday some of us we were actually BELOW normal? Green Bay has a normal high of 46 and the high temperature was only 44 yesterday, and Milwaukee was five degrees below normal with a high of only 43. Madison had better luck yesterday as their high temperatures made it up to the mid- 50s. We’ve got another cold day ahead of us today, but by Sunday we should be back in the 60s or maybe even the 70s! But on Sunday it’ll be April so your outdoor temperature expectations can be raised a little more legitimately.
http://www.aos.wisc.edu/weatherdata/sfc/sfc_mw_ma p.gif

Today’s Forecast Grade: D
Short-Term Forecast Confidence: Medium

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today’s Conditions: Rainy and gloomy. I wouldn’t be surprised if we even saw a few snowflakes at times. The precip should start diminishing by late this morning or this afternoon.
Today’s High Temps: Only near 39 east-central, in the low to mid- 40s south.
Today’s Winds: Breezy from the east.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 40-45.
Madison: Highs 46-51.
Milwaukee: Highs 43-47.
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/mos/getall.pl?sta =KATW&sta=KMSN&sta=KMKE

Tonight: Clouds and a few stars. Lows near the freezing mark, making it another bad night for your outdoor plants.

Tomorrow’s Conditions: More clouds than sunshine. Maybe a thunderstorm late in the day. Chance of rain tomorrow evening 25%.
Tomorrow’s Temps: Warmer, highs in the mid- 50s.
Tomorrow’s Winds: Somewhat breezy from the southeast.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and very mild again. Highs in the 60s with some areas probably getting into the 70s.

Next Week’s Outlook:
Conditions: Rain is probable on Monday, perhaps lingering into Tuesday morning. The rest of the week is looking dry at this point.
High Temperatures: Just above 60 on Monday, then probably in the 55-60 range after that. Still above normal.
Extended Forecast Confidence: Medium

Weather in the News:

Early Warmth in 2012 and the Climatology of the Last Spring Freeze in the Midwest
http://mrcc.isws.illinois.edu/news/releases/2012/ 20120326_EarlyWarmth2012.pdf

Record Setting Warmth (Updated 6:45 AM 3/29)
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php ?wfo=mkx&storyid=80604&source=0

Today Outside of Wisconsin:

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota:
Conditions: Decreasing clouds.
High Temperatures: Upper 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.htm l
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USMN0503

Anna, Illinois:
Conditions: Isolated thunderstorms.
High Temperatures: Lower 80s.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USIL0033

League City, Texas:
Conditions: Isolated thunderstorms.
High Temperatures: Near 80.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.htm l
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USTX0745

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina:
Conditions: Sun early, storms late.
High Temperatures: Near 80.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Isl and.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USSC0155

Charlotte, North Carolina:
Conditions: Scattered storms developing.
High Temperatures: Upper 70s.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USNC0121

Las Vegas, Nevada:
High wind watch in effect from Saturday afternoon through late Saturday night...
Conditions: Mostly sunny.
High Temperatures: Mid- to upper 80s.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USNV0040

Davenport, Florida:
Conditions: Isolated thunderstorms.
High Temperatures: Upper 80s.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USFL0104

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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